Tuesday, January 10, 2012

It's the Boats...and the People

It's no secret that I'm crazy about gondolas.I'm also pretty nuts for Venetian rowing, other Venetian boats, and of course Venice and the Veneto.
But today I was reminded of another thing I love - the people.
Today I spent time on the phone with Joe Gibbons of Gondola di Venezia
in Boston; we talk regularly and I always enjoy catching up with him.
I chatted for a while with a gondolier friend of mine - Fred in Texas;
we talk a couple times a week.
Tim of Sunset Gondola,
John of Gondola Romantica in Minnesota,
Sean of The Gondola Company in Coronado,
and Mike in New Jersey,
These are guys I enjoy talking to on a regular basis.
And then there are gondola friends on Facebook.
I regularly post photos from guys like Nereo, Tamas, and Chris Clarke.

Sure, I love the boats, but the people are terrific too, and there are many more names I could mention here.
Gondola people are great.

This afternoon I was visited by Marie of "Italy to Los Angeles and Back" and her husband Roberto - a carreer gondolier in Venice.
We share a common love of many things mentioned above, and while this was the first time we met face-to-face, they were like family.

Thanks for reading, my friends.

1 comment:

Ashley said...

Your post reminds me of my first and last visit to Italy. Indeed, these gondolas are mesmerizing.

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